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Osgoode vs. Dal - Environmental Policy end game

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Hi Everyone, 

I'm looking for a little bit of guidance/advice as I am having difficulty choosing between Dal and Osgoode. My ultimate goal is to work in environmental/natural resource policy for the government. 

I've compared the course offerings at both schools, and I'm definitely more interested in the options at Dal. They seem to have a lot more policy related courses and so many different environmental law options. 

On the other hand, I am an Ontario resident and my career goals will likely lead me back to Ontario. I currently work for the government (totally different department/role) and when I mention Osgoode people seem to freak out over it. Does the prestige and location of Osgoode make up for their lack of environmental/policy course offerings? 

I'm leaning towards Dal but I'm worried I am giving up good name recognition and future career opportunities. I would appreciate some advice and hearing from anyone who has had similar career goals! 

... and I thought the anxiety would end once I got an offer...

TIA :)

 

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I would say there's no meaningful difference in "name recognition" or prestige when comparing Osgoode vs Dalhousie. It would be a different story if we were comparing UofT and Ryerson, for example.

But you're right to consider the location and where you plan to end up practicing. The general rule of thumb around here is to go to a school in the same location that you want to practice in. 

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Osgoode JD/MES is the way to go for this. The York MES is an environmental policy degree. In fact I'm not sure the JD adds a whole lot of value if you just want to do policy development, but if you'd like to work in creating environmental law then it would make sense.

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Thank you all! I've also been considering Dal's JD/MPA (Public Administration). Has anybody taken that or known anybody that has?

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